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Halfway through the season: Chairman's summary

7 months ago By Peter Barron

Here we are at the midpoint of the season and it seems a good time to appraise where we are. Chairman Nick Page is feeling good about the club

“The Club is in a good place” Chairman Nick Page

The Club is in a good place. The Senior Men are boasting two competitive sides on a regular basis. The Ladies side of the club go from strength to strength with the 2nd XV being added to the successful 1st XV. Success breeds success and a girls programme has now begun to form at the club. The junior and minis section continues to flourish, with many positive comments being received about the family atmosphere and quality of coaching at Lewes RFC. We have Mark Cunningham as Mini/Junior Chair and Mark Hall from the U11s in place as Club Treasurer.

From the Senior male players position it was felt to be a good time to reflect and preview the future of this season and beyond. We need to recognise that whilst the game itself may not have changed (rule changes aside!), culture in the world has; whether we like it or agree with it, it has and we must accept it. We must recognise and understand what players want and need and why they play the game. Gone are the days of the sacrosanct Saturday afternoon, to be replaced with the odd Saturday of throwing the egg shaped ball, combined with differing work patterns and brownie point days with the other half. But the main reasons why people play the game have not changed; fun, fitness, competition, a bit of banter with mates etc. However, the traditional expectations of a club must change with the needs and wants of players for it to be a club that people want to play their rugby at.

Following a recent players meeting, they have decided to trial the following for 2018:

  • Senior Men's Club training will now only take place on a Thursday night - for BOTH 1st XV and 2nd XV
  • Food will be served after training (for both Men's and Women's sections)
  • There will be an aim to have more social events with both sides of the club
  • A massive amount of consideration will be placed on attendance at training in regard to Saturday selection.
  • Senior and Colts will train together

We have a new publicity/communications committee about to be formed. If you have any ideas about how you would like to hear what's going on at the club or how we can recruit players for all parts of the club then please let us know.

Lastly, the committee and I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and look forward to a prosperous and happy New Year.

Updated 08:09 - 5 Feb 2018 by Peter Barron

Where next?

The one that got away Report of the U16s match by coach Paddy Henshaw (pictured)
U15s win again, U16s draw U15s put in their best performance of the season, Colts suffer with numbers, U16s tie and the U14s lose narrowly

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